The Fresh Fest celebration of old-school hip-hop in Portsmouth has been postponed from Saturday, Aug. 18 to Friday, Sept. 14, according to a press release from promoters.
The show, which in years past has drawn big crowds to the nTelos amphitheater in Olde Towne, is still to feature the same lineup of talent: Salt-n-Pepa,
The press release announcing the change included just one line of explanation: "To accommodate bands' schedules."
Here's the full release.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Date Changed to Sept. 14
To Accommodate Bands' Schedules
FRESH FEST 2012
(SALT-N-PEPA, MC LYTE, SLICK RICK, KURTIS BLOW, & BIG DADDY KANE)
COMES TO NTELOS WIRELESS PAVILION
New Date: Friday, Sept. 14
Portsmouth, Va. – Fresh Fest 2012 comes to nTelos Wireless Pavilion on Friday, Sept. 14. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the concert begins at 7:30 p.m.
The show originally was on Aug. 18. All tickets purchased for that date will be honored on the Sept. 14 date. The show date was moved to accommodate the bands' schedules.
By the late '80s, hip-hop was male-dominated, which made the emergence of Salt-n-Pepa so significant. As the first all-female rap crew (even their DJs were women) of importance, the group broke down a number of doors for women in hip-hop. They were also one of the first rap artists to cross over into the pop mainstream, laying the groundwork for the music's widespread acceptance in the early '90s. Salt-n-Pepa were more pop-oriented than many of their contemporaries, since their songs were primarily party and love anthems, driven by big beats and interlaced with vaguely pro-feminist lyrics that seemed more powerful when delivered by the charismatic and sexy trio. Salt-n-Pepa defied expectations and became one of the few hip-hop artists to develop a long-term career.
MC Lyte is one of the most prolific and well respected female hip-hop artists in history. She has consistently found exciting ways to reinvent herself musically, while expanding her resume and gaining new fans. The Grammy and
Exposed to the hip-hop beats and music scene in the
Striking up a friendship,
Kurtis Blow is one of the founders, creators and most recognizable success stories in recorded rap history. He leads the new generation of rappers with his street sense, social criticism, and commercial savvy. Blow was the first rapper to be signed by a major label, the first to have a certified gold record for rap ("The Breaks"), the first rapper to tour US & Europe (Commodores, 1980), the first rapper to record a national commercial (Sprite), the first rapper to use the sample loop, created the first rap music video (basketball), was the first rap producer (Rap's Producer of the Year in 1983 and 1985), and was the first rapper featured in a soap opera ("One Life to Live").
Emerging during hip-hop's massive creative expansion of the late '80s, Big Daddy Kane was the ultimate lover man of rap's first decade, yet there was more to him than the stylish wardrobe, gold jewelry, and sophisticated charisma. Kane possessed a prodigious rhyming technique honed from numerous B-boy battles; he could also be an Afrocentric consciousness-raiser versed in the philosophy of the Nation of Islam's Five Percent school, or a smooth urban soul crooner whose singing was no match for his talents as an MC. While he never scored much pop-crossover success, his best material ranks among the finest hip-hop of its era, and his sex-drenched persona was enormously influential on countless future would-be players.
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